Weekend What's On
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2016
Our pick of the best weekend events on for kids and families
in Auckland, New Zealand
in Auckland, New Zealand
Dawn Karakia on Waiheke
Artworks Courtyard, 131-133 Ocean View Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island
Saturday 18 June 2016: 6:00am
Matariki kites at Blockhouse Bay Library
Blockhouse Bay Library, Blockhouse Bay
Saturday 18 June 2016: 10:00am 4:00pm
Celebrate Matariki! Colour in Matariki stars and Māori designs to decorate Matariki kites. Your handiwork will then go on display in the library.
Auckland Art Gallery Family Drop in Session
Auckland Art Gallery
Saturday 18 June 2016: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Create art together in sessions inspired by art in the collection. There is no need to book. Suitable for kids aged 4 and up. All kids under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Community Planting Day - Glen Eden
Withers Reserve, entrance between 29 & 31 Withers Road, Glen Eden
Saturday 18 June 2016: 10:00am to Noon
Please bring all the family and join us at our Community Planting Day. Wear covered footwear and bring a rain coat.
Waiheke Choral Society presents The Sound of Music
Artworks Theatre, 2 Korora Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island
Saturday 18 June 2016: 7:00pm show LAST SHOW
Tickets: Kids $15; Students $20; Adults $25; Family $70 (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children)
Te Atatu Marae Matariki Family Fun Day
Orangihina Park & Reserve, 465 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland
Saturday 18 June 2016: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Te Atatu Marae Facebook
Free entertainment including kapa haka and music performances, and a Tamariki (Children's) Zone with face painting, bouncy castle and circus jugglers. There will also be food available to purchase from vendors.
Cost: FREE entry
Saturday & Sunday Events
Pick & Mix - NZ Opera - The Elixir of Love
Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall
Saturday 19 June 2016: Performances: 10:30am, Workshops 11:30am
Hauraki Rooms, Bruce Mason Centre
Sunday 20 June 2016: Performances: 10:30am, Workshops 11:30am
Introduce your children to the wonderful world of opera. Then join the workshop to explore what it is to sing, move and be directed as an ensemble alongside real-life opera singers. No singing experience necessary!
Family Fun Weekends
Westfield WestCity AND Westfield Manukau
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 June 2016: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Two days of free family fun, including a variety of activities to keep the kids entertained.
Aotea Square Ice Rink & Ice Slide - Wild on Ice Weekend
Aotea Square, Auckland CBD
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2016: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Life size polar bears, penguins, and seals will set the scene for the return of the sparkling ice rink and exhilarating 35-metre-long double-laned ice slide. The Penguin Kids Zone lets newbies find their feet in a smaller enclosed area, before taking to the ice in the main rink. Helmets are available free of charge and skating frames can be hired for beginners.
This weekend will see $1 for every skater donated to the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund, working to protect New Zealand’s native birds and seals. Get dressed as a cheeky kea in green or orange and enjoy kea colouring competitions, mask making and face painting.
Skating: Kids $5, Adults $20 for 90 minues including skate hire
Ice slide; $7.50 for 3 rides and $12 for five rides.
The Elephant Thief
Q Theatre, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 18 June 2016: 8:00pm show
Sunday 19 June 2016: 2:00pm show
If you think the world’s crazy now you should see it in the future. Indian Ink give you a glimpse through a cracked crystal ball with their brand spanking new show.
Tickets: Concession $30 to $50; Adults $35 to $60.
Planetarium Shows at Stardome
Stardome, 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Auckland
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2016:
1:00pm The Little Star that could - Kids 3 years plus
2:00pm Solar System Odyssey - Kids 4 to 6 years
3:00pm Dinosaurs at Dusk - Family 6 years plus
4:00pm Dragons - Real Myths and unreal creatures - Kids 6 to 10 years
7:00pm Matariki Dawn - Family 8 years plus
Cost: Kids $10, Adults $12, Family $40.
2 Harrington Ave, Pukekohe East
Saturday 18 June 216: 2:00pm and 7:30pm show
Sunday 19 June 2016: 2:00pm matinee show
Pukekohe Performing Arts
Tickets: Kids under 5 are FREE; Kids aged 5 to 12 years old are $18; Students $18, Adult $25
Body in Action Exhibition at MOTAT
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs
Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 June 2016: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Smelly toilets, a giant nose, a huge mouth, and a heart that never stops beating all feature in this new family-focused exhibition. Body in Action explores the way our bodies work in colourful and exciting ways. It features more than 20 interactives, 12 models and displays as well as a selection of objects from the David Warnock Medical Museum.
Cost: Usual admission charges apply
Weekends of Imagination at MOTAT
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road & Meola Rd, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2016: 10:00am to 5:00pm
A series of brand new activities specifically created to engage young minds! Featuring nothing but super hands-on interactive activities, flex your creative muscles. cribble, smear or splatter as you help us colour in a ready made design.Your fabulous designs will go on display for everyone to see so let your imagination run wild.
Cost: Usual MOTAT admission charges apply
Storytime at Auckland Museum
Weird and Wonderful, Auckland Museum
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2016: 11:00am and 2:00pm sessions
Gather 'round for a fun and interactive storytelling experience. Bring the whole family and get ready to listen, learn, clap and play.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders
MOTAT - 805 Great North Rd, Western Springs, Auckland
Sunday 19 June 2016: 10:00am to 5:00pm
See MOTAT come to life every third Sunday.
Cost: Under 5s FREE, Kids (5-16 years) $8, Students $8, Adults $16, Family Pass $40, Under 5s FREE, SuperGold Card Holders FREE
Music, Magic & Mythical Stories Live Day
Howick Historical Village, Bells Road, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga, Auckland
Sunday 19 June 2016: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Variety voices a scholarship choir, which supports young New Zealanders in need, along with the Howick Brass Band and Morris dancers, will be performing. Allie presents woven stories, weaving tales of times of Old and New and Mike the Magician is back with his popular magic show.
Cost: Children $8, Adults $15; Family (2 adults and 2 children) $40
Volunteer Planting Days – Shakespear Regional Park
Shakespear Regional Park, Whangaparaoa Road, Whangaparaoa, Auckland
Sunday 19 June 2016: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Bring your family and friends to plant trees. There will be water, tea, coffee, fruit and and a sausage sizzle at the end of the session.
Please wear good enclosed boots or shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. You might like to bring your own gloves and a spade - though we will have loan ones on site.
Train Rides Panmure
Peterson Road, Panmure
Sunday 19 June 2016: 1:00pm to 4:00pm (weather permitting).
Cost: $2 per ride or a concession ticket giving 6 rides can be purchased for $10.
Steam Train Rides Mangere
Mangere Centre Park,Robertson Road, Auckland
Sunday 19 June 2016: 11:00am to 3:30pm (weather permitting)
Cost: Train tickets: $2:00 per person